Music starts and the dark screen transitions to a salt-and-pepper-haired man in a purple button-down shirt sitting in front of a tin-barn studio backdrop. “Hi, folks, it’s Dr. Dan from Doc Talk here today, and I’m sure glad you joined us,” he says with a smile and a slight twinge of a Midwestern drawl. “Today we’re going to be talking about something that is very common in the beef industry. Stay tuned, we’re going to have a great show.”
Given the value of cattle today, feedyard death loss is more costly than ever, and in spite of the preventative measures and treatments available, death loss percentages seem to have increased in recent years.
An upcoming training module from USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) will help accredited veterinarians keep the reproductive disease trichomoniasis, also known as trich, out or their clients’ herds.
When a third or more of a rancher’s cows turn up open, which can happen when trichomoniasis, or trich, infects a herd, the rancher obviously takes a significant economic loss. But due to the sporadic nature of the disease, quantifying losses the disease causes across a region or across the country presents a challenge.
Dr. Eleanor Green, the Carl B. King Dean of Veterinary Medicine at the Texas A&M University College July 24, of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences, has begun her term as president of the Association of American Veterinary Medical Colleges (AAVMC).
By Tammy Beckham, DVM, PhD, Director, Institute for Infectious Animal Diseases
As you are aware, the Department of Homeland Security is currently working to build the National Bio and Agro-Defense Facility (NBAF), a new state-of-the-art biosafety level (BSL) 3 & 4 facility in Manhattan, Kansas. This facility will bring to the nation new and enhanced capabilities to address animal and zoonotic pathogens of high consequence to our livestock and public health sectors.
The FDA has released a series of Veterinary Feed Directive (VFD) brochures, which list the specific responsibilities of veterinarians, clients and distributors such as feed mills for compliance with the new VFD rules. The brochures also include a list of commonly asked questions and answers and the specific information to include on a lawful VFD.
A new service will allow cattle buyers and sellers to trade cattle from their computers, smart phones or tablets. During the recent Cattle Industry Summer Conference in Denver, representatives of AgriClear, a division of the TMX group, demonstrated their service to interested cattle traders and media.